The Sahel Irrigation Initiative is a joint initiative by six Sahelian countries coordinated by the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), supported by regional economic communities (ECOWAS, WAEMU) and the World Bank. It comes in the wake of the Dakar Forum on Irrigation in the Sahel held in October 2013, which ended with the adoption of a Declaration by the Governments of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad and their partners.
The vision underlying the Sahel Irrigation Initiative (2iS) as described in this Strategic Framework is highly ambitious. Based on the Sahel countries’ long experience in water management, various irrigation solutions adapted to the Sahelian context can be designed, set up, and funded as part of an enhanced institutional framework with a view to permitting the development of sustainable irrigated agriculture suited to the environment that is competitive and inclusive.
The Framework is therefore a strategic and technical reference within which complementarity and synergy between actions and initiatives taking place in these six countries can be adapted in the long term for the concrete implementation of irrigation projects and programs following a shared baseline of effective methods, tools, and processes that can be replicated over time and space and based on diverse irrigation solutions.